This wine cork menorah craft is easy for kids to make using cardboard, corks and toothpicks. Young children can pretend to light it by adding ondd ww if the flames to a candle every night during Hanukkah.
We’ve been on a roll making kid-friendly menorahs that kids can pretend to light here in my daycare this week.
The other day, I shared our toilet roll menorah, which is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing our wine cork and toothpick menorah. This menorah is geared for slightly older children as fine-motor skills are required to insert the toothpick wicks with their paper flames into the cork candles.
Keep your eye on the blog as we have a couple more coming up this week.
Making this menorah is a fun and creative activity that all ages will enjoy, and your child will end up with a lovely keepsake that they can display and use year after year.
Glitter is optional
You only need a few basic supplies to make this menorah – a small cardboard box (we used a cake mix box), a handful of toothpicks and a few wine corks. Paint and glue are a must of course, and glitter is totally optional.
I hope you have as much fun making your menorah as we had making ours.
- section of a small cardboard box (we cut a cake mix box longways)
- paint (we like acrylic craft paint)
- paint brushes
- 9 wine corks
- 9 toothpicks
- yellow construction paper
- white glue
- glue gun
- glitter (optional)
Wine Cork Menorah Craft
- Prep your base
Find a cardboard box long enough to line 9 wine corks up on. We used a cake mix box.
- Cut to size and paint
Cut the box to the height that you want your menorah to be and paint the box. When dry, paint the menorah’s branches in it, and add glitter to the branches if you like.
- Paint corks
Stick a toothpick into the top of each wine cork and hold on to this while you give each cork a couple of coats of paint. Let dry.
While the toothpicks are still in the corks, trim them to about an inch in height.
- Glitter corks (optional)
Brush a layer of white glue over each cork and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry.
- Make flames
Remove toothpicks. These will be the wicks of your candles. There will be holes left in the corks. This is where you’ll insert the toothpick again when lighting the menorah.
Cut 9 flames out of yellow construction paper. Brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
With a hot glue gun, attach the flames to the tops of the toothpicks.
- Light your menorah
To light your menorah, simply insert the toothpicks into the holes you made when you were painting the corks.
Set your menorah on a tabletop or a windowsill and enjoy!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.